Chusi Li

Chusi Li

Senior Scientist and Director, Microprobe Lab
Mineral Deposit Systems, Geochemistry

Office:   GY217
Phone:   812-855-1558


  • BS, 1982, Chengdu University of Technology, China
  • MS, 1986, Chengdu University of Technology, China
  • PhD, 1993, University of Toronto, Canada

Awards, Honors and Adjunct Status

  • 2009-present, Honorary Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2009-present, Guest Fellow, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2011, Regional Vice President Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2009, Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 2006-2010, Guest Professor, China University of Geosciences-Beijing
  • 2005-2010, Guest Professor, Chang’an University, Xi’an, China
  • 2005-2009, Cuiying Chair (distinguished guest) Professor, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
  • 2003, Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists

Research Interests

My research, conducted through detailed fieldwork and careful laboratory investigation, currently focuses on world-class magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE (platinum-group elements) deposits; the tectonic setting in which they occur, petrogenesis of associated mafic-ultramafic rocks, causes of sulfide saturation in mafic magma, concentration of immiscible sulfide liquids in magma plumbing systems, controls on the compositions of base metals and PGE in sulfide ores, and models that can be used to assist in exploration targeting.